Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine has a unique model of care in that we employ Certified Athletic Trainers, health care professionals who are licensed in the state of North Carolina.

The Athletic Trainer collaborates with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients by specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training.

Certified athletic trainers (ATC) are regularly employed in hospitals, clinics, the offices of family, orthopedic, pediatric, physicality and sports medicine practices. Certified athletic trainers working as physician extenders can improve productivity, patient outcomes, and satisfaction. For more information on athletic training, please visit:

Currently, CFPSM employs 21 certified, licensed athletic trainers:

Amanda joined the CFPSM staff in August 2011 and works primarily with Dr. Sandeep Gavankar. A native of Roseville, MI, Amanda graduated from Central Michigan University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training.

She went on to work in metro Detroit area high schools before returning to graduate school at Michigan State University. While at MSU, she worked with the men’s and women’s soccer teams as well as teaching an undergraduate kinesiology course.

She earned her Master’s degree in 2008. Amanda spent a year at the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV as an instructor in the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program and working with the softball team.

Prior to arriving at CFPSM, Amanda served as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where she worked with the women’s ice hockey team. Amanda currently resides in Durham with her husband Kyle.

VidhyaVidhya joined the CFPSM family in November 2015 and primarily works with Dr. Brett Foreman in the Raleigh clinic. She was born and raised in India until the age of 6, moved to Alabama, where she lived for 7 years. North Carolina has been home to Vidhya since 2006.

Vidhya graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the Class of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. As a student athletic trainer, she completed her clinical rotations with UNC Football, UNC Men’s Lacrosse, UNC Women’s Lacrosse, UNC Crew, UNC Men’s Soccer, Meredith College Athletics, and Chapel Hill High School Athletics. She also held an executive board position for the Carolina Athletic Training Student Association (CATSA) at UNC.

In addition to working as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) at CFPSM, Vidhya choreographs, performs, and teaches various forms of Indian dance in the triangle area. She is a student of Carnatic Sangeetha, a South-Indian music form. She also enjoys volunteering at various multicultural events.

BridgesMegan is a native of Yanceyville, NC.  She attended undergraduate school at Western Carolina University majoring in Athletic Training. As part of her senior year curriculum, Megan completed a full time internship at both Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine and at Green Hope High School in Cary, NC. She then went on to receive her Masters in Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

While working towards her masters degree, Megan served  as a graduate assistant at Lock Haven University providing athletic training coverage for  Women’s field hockey, Rehabilitation Center , and Women’s and Men’s Track and Field. After graduation from ESU,  she joined CFPSM in June 2010 as a clinical assistant/ Athletic Trainer, assisting primarily with Dr. Josh Bloom.

Megan and her husband reside on her family’s farm in Yanceyville, NC. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors.

Dan is a native of Franklinville, North Carolina. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training.

After completing his degree from Western Carolina University, he worked as a Graduate Assistant at Pfeiffer University for a year. While there he primarily worked with the Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams. He earned his Master’s Degree from Pfeiffer University in 2017 in Healthcare Administration.

Before coming to Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine, Dan worked as an Athletic Trainer at Murphy High School in Murphy, North Carolina. At CFPSM Dan will be working with Dr. Justin Lee. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

EverettJ. Eugene Everett has been an Athletic Trainer since 1984. He began his career at East Millbrook Middle School in as a Teacher & Athletic Trainer. He then moved to Athens Drive High School in 1989, as Teacher, Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director. In 1999, helped open Green Hope High School as Teacher, Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director. While there, he also served as a clinical supervisor for the UNC Sports Medicine Program.

In 2012, he retired from the Wake County Public School System and joined the Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine staff.  Eugene has served as the Athletic Trainer for the NCHSAA Softball, Basketball and Tennis Championships and served on the Board for the NCATA. He has also had the honor of being selected as an East-West All Star Athletic Trainer in 1995, NCATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer of the year in 2003, and NC Athletic Trainer for the 2003 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He is a member of the NCATA, MAATA, and NATA.

He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Industrial Arts Education and completed his coursework for national certification through the TATIP program at Bowman Grey School of Medicine.

Amanda joined CFPSM in May of 2016 and is a native of Thousand Oaks, CA. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and minors in Biology and Psyschology. She earned her Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Montana State University Billings. While at MSUB she worked with the men’s soccer team, women’s volleyball team, local high schools, and American Legion Baseball.

Amanda has worked in a variety of settings prior to joining CFPSM. She has worked as an intern for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks Independent Professional Baseball Organization, an athletic trainer at NBC Camps in both Oregon and Washington, Associate Athletic Trainer at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, VA, and Head Athletic Trainer at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA.

Amanda and her husband live in Sanford with their two dogs, Pepper and Bosco. They enjoy chasing tennis balls and eating bacon.

janna-photoJanna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Southwest Missouri State University in 2002.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she also worked as the athletic trainer for the Cornhuskers’ Women’s Basketball Team.  Following one year as an assistant athletic trainer at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska she joined Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine.  Janna was named the head athletic trainer at CFPSM in September 2006.  In her current role, she oversees the sports medicine program including community outreach and in-house sports medicine care for the 12 provider practice.

Fonseca also helped to establish the Carolina Sports Concussion Clinic, which since 2008 has served to manage over 3,000 sports-related concussions in the Wake County area.  She served as an independent consultant for ImPACT Applications, having helped develop training and educational courses for athletic trainers and their use of the software as part of a concussion management program.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Janna served as the USA Baseball team athletic trainer for the bronze-medal Pan-Am 2007 18U team and in 2011 served as co-athletic trainer for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.

The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) honored Janna in 2009 by naming her the Clinical/Industrial/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year. She served NCATA District 3 representative and also chaired the Honors & Awards Committee from 2007 – 2012.  In May 2013, Janna was named the NCHSAA Athletic Trainer of the Year. Fonseca was recently chosen to the inaugural NCATA Leadership Institute Fellowship.

Janna has presented for several local community groups regarding concussion recognition and management and participated in a feature presentation at the 2011 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Fonseca is a self-described foodie-sports junkie who enjoys working out and spending time with her friends and family.  Janna’s husband Jose, also a certified athletic trainer, works with the men’s basketball team at Duke University.  They reside in Durham with their children Pete & Lexi.

HirschfeldTed brings 25 years of athletic training experience to the CFPSM (20 years in orthopaedic settings & 23 years in the secondary school setting).  Originally from Madison, WI, he received his B. S. from the University of Wisconsin & his M. S. from Ohio University.

He currently serves on the NATA Committee on Practice Advancement (COPA) and previously served on the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association  Board of Directors.  His past 10 years of service included serving as a member of the Committee on Revenue (COR).  Ted has traveled internationally with the USA Track & Field Sports Medicine Staff for the past 20 years & has been involved with the USOC Volunteer AT Program.

Ted received the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Dedicated Service Award in 2011 & an NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2008.   He enjoys traveling, the outdoors including boating/skiing & is an avid Badger/Packer fan.

Sean joined the CFPSM family in September 2014. A native of Lakeland, FL, Sean was awarded his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training in 2011 from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at  Ashford University in 2014. Sean is also recognized as a Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Sean joins CFPSM with experience providing athletic training services at the high school and college levels, as well as assisting in an orthopaedic clinic, and coaching in the Performance Enhancement Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Sean is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association, and Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association. Out of the office, Sean can usually be found relaxing with his wife, Rachel and dog, Gracie. He is a lover of all things food and sport, especially golf and hockey.

Grace joined the CFPSM staff in September 2017 and works primarily with Dr. Michael Hart in our Holly Springs office.  Though she was born in Boston, she grew up in North Carolina. When her family first relocated to Cary, her parents chose CFPSM as the family’s base for general medical care and she was a patient through her graduation from Green Hope High School.

Grace completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. During her time as a Spartan, Grace completed an internship with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a NASL professional soccer team.  She also participated in various volunteer opportunities including an NFL Combine at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ facility, the East-West Shrine Bowl (an annual post-season college football all-star game, and the Disney Half-Marathon and Marathon at Walt Disney World.

She eared her Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Grace served as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trianer for the Tarheel women’s soccer and softball teams. She was also a Teaching Assistant within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC.  Grace’s graduate thesis was entitled “Relationship between Voluntary Quadriceps Activation and Gait Biomechnanics in Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.”

After graduate school, Grace was named an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM. She was the primary athletic trainer for volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and spring football while sharing duties with the men’s and women’s tennis, cross country, and golf teams.

Prior to arriving at CFPSM, Grace served as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI where she worked with the volleyball and softball teams.

Courtney is an alumna of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. During her time at UNC she was able to work with a variety of collegiate, club, and local high school sports. Her favorite experiences came from covering rugby and ice hockey.

After graduating in 2017, Courtney began work as an Athletic Trainer working a dual position with Sentara Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Northeastern NC. Working both as a clinical assistant in the office and as an outreach AT for a small, local high school, she was able to advocate for the profession in an area with little previous exposure to Athletic Training.  At CFPSM Courtney will primarily be working with Dr. Justin Lee.

Courtney grew up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoys spending her free time in the summer reading by the beach. Her other hobbies include spending time with her two siblings, skiing, cheering on the Tar Heels in basketball, and exploring the endless restaurants in the Triangle area.

MulkeyDavid joined the staff at CFPSM in July of 2013. David is a proud alumnus of Wingate University, class of 2004, where he studied athletic training and biology. During his tenure at Wingate, he was also a face-off midfielder for the NCAA Division II Bulldogs lacrosse team.  David comes to CFPSM with nearly a decade of teaching experience in both exercise science and biology. In addition to teaching, he has also served as an approved clinical instructor (ACI) for several accredited undergraduate athletic training education programs in the area, and most recently for four years at UNC-Chapel Hill. David’s primary passion is patient education, and he has been thrilled to transition into the clinic setting. His particular areas of clinical interest include internal medicine, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and congenital hip dysplasia. At CFPSM, David works primarily alongside Dr. Jennifer Stromberg.

David is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA), and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA). He is a nationally board certified athletic trainer by the NATA Board of Certification (NATABOC), and is licensed to practice athletic training in the state of North Carolina by the NC Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners (NCBATE). David is also an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer.

David is a Cary, NC native, and attended Cardinal Gibbons High School. He lives in Cary with his wife, Jessica, and their three children, Regan, Conor and Quinn. In his spare time, David enjoys playing tennis, landscaping, gardening, playing guitar, reading, and vacationing at Topsail Beach, NC with his family.

KovachDaisy joined Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine in August 2011.  She currently works with the UNC Sports Medicine fellows.

Daisy is a native of Asheboro, North Carolina.  Daisy completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2001.  She received her master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in December of 2003.  Daisy served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer while at UNCG, where she worked directly with the baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and track, men’s soccer, and women’s basketball teams.  She also was an Athletic Trainer with the Cape Cod Baseball League for two years.  Daisy’s master’s project was titled Prehabiliation in the Throwing Athlete.

In 2004, Daisy joined the staff at Tulane University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer working with the women’s basketball, women’s golf, and baseball teams.  In 2006, she rejoined the staff at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, working with baseball and men’s and women’s cross country.  In the spring of 2009, Daisy was promoted to Associate Head Athletic Trainer and continued to work with the baseball team at UNCG.

In the summer of 2009 and 2011 Daisy served as the Athletic Trainer for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.  She traveled internationally with the team to Japan and Canada.

Daisy is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA), and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA).

Daisy currently resides in Raleigh with her husband James.

Claire was born and raised here in the Triangle Area. Following graduation from Green Hope High School in 2012, she went on to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she swam for their Division I swim team for four years and majored in Athletic Training where she worked with local high schools as well as the Duquesne University football team.

In addition to school and swimming, she was a member of the DU Honors College, the Student Executive Leadership Council and the Dean’s Advisory Committee.  Additionally, she served as a Student Ambassador for Alumni, a Student Athletic Training Class Representative and the President of the DU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (a national NCAA organization).

Upon graduation in 2016, she returned to Raleigh where she coached swimming with Raleigh Swimming Association and worked as a contract athletic trainer for William Peace University.  Her passions include teaching swimming, watching sports and spending time in the local community.  She hopes to attend Physician Assistant school in the future but is currently loving her dream athletic training job with Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine.

Julie joined CFPSM in October of 2016.  A native to Northville, MI, she attended Michigan State University to study sports medicine.  She gained clinical experience working with the Michigan State Football, Softball, and Gymnastics teams.  Along with her academic and student athletic training responsibilities, she also competed for MSU’s first Club Gymnastics Team.

Outside of the classroom, Julie spent her time learning other areas of health and fitness completing a variety of internships and volunteer work.  The most influential internships being with State of Fitness and with Spartan Nutrition and Performance Program (SNAPP).   As an intern at State of Fitness, she conducted group and personal training sessions for both youth athletes and the general population.  At SNAPP she trained youth athletes in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach focusing on physical training, recovery, nutrition, sports skills, and mental skills.  These internships helped her complete her Bachelor of Science degrees in Kinesiology and in Athletic Training specializing in Health Promotion.

Continuing her passion for athletic training, Julie moved to Buies Creek, NC where she earned a Master of Education in Exercise Science at Campbell University.  She worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Campbell University’s Football and Cheerleading teams.  She spent an additional year with the Fighting Camels as an Intern ATC before finding a home with CFPSM.

Julie currently resides in Raleigh with her husband Will.  They are avid Spartan fans that love to travel.

Kristen, a native of Fredericksburg, VA, first moved to North Carolina to attend Catawba College in Salisbury, NC to complete a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Athletic Training and Physical Education and a minor in Education.

After her  undergraduate studies, she attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia receiving a Masters Degree of Science in Education in Athletic Training. Her area of interest and research for her Master’s Thesis was titled “The effects of isolated eccentric hamstring fatigue with a box drop landing in female recreational athletes” in which she later presented at the NATA National Convention in Philadelphia 2010.

Kristen worked at Norfolk State University as Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer providing coverage with football, volleyball and women’s basketball. Kristen later joined the CFPSM family in 2009 and has worked with different providers in our Raleigh and Cary offices, as well as our Sports Concussion Clinic through the years. Her professional interests include jump landing, ACL prevention, concussion management and optimization of our Electronic Medical Record, EPIC.

Kristen and her husband Drew live in Cary, N.C. Kristen enjoys watching sports (Go Hokies!), running, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Brandon joined the CFPSM staff in June 2018 and currently resides in Cary with his wife, Alli. A native of Winsted, MN, Brandon graduated from Saint John’s University (MN) in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science. He earned his Master’s degree in 2016 in Athletic Training.

He completed an internship with USA Baseball and Indiana University Football in the summer of 2015. Following graduation, he accepted a position with Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD as the Head Athletic Trainer for Football for 2 years.

Brandon is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA), the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is a nationally board certified athletic trainer by the Board of Certification (BOC) and is licensed to practice athletic training in the state of North Carolina by the NC Board of Atletic Trainer Examiners (NCBATE). Brandon is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a performance enhancement specialist.

Amy Smith joined the CFPSM team in February of 2018. She is a North Carolina native that graduated from Campbell University in 2013 with a BS in Athletic Training. She then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. While in Missouri, she gained experience in a variety of settings including a sports medicine physical therapy clinic, outreach to middle and high school athletic events as well as volunteering for Special Olympics events.

After returning to NC, Amy worked in Fayetteville, NC at an outpatient physical therapy clinic where she helped kick start a sports medicine program in Cumberland County. She provided physical therapy interventions to patients as well as outreach coverage to a local private school for middle school and high school athletic events. Amy was the Head Athletic Trainer and was in charge of supervising several outreach athletic trainers and helped organize the concussion program to include baseline testing, clinical testing and treatment. Amy has a passion for working with athletes that have concussions and making sure they receive proper recognition and care. She is a member of Dr. Blount’s team in Cary.

Amy is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science with specializations in both Athletic Training and Health Promotion. While at Michigan State University, she worked with several athletic teams, including women’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, women’s tennis, and spent a year and a half working with the Spartan Football team.

She went on to work in Metro Detroit for a physical therapy clinic and several area high schools until her move with her family to North Carolina in early 2007. She has provided athletic training coverage for several athletic events for UNC sports clubs as well as Triangle Volleyball Club tournaments and various NCHSAA events. She also worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and substitute teacher for Panther Creek High School until October 2011. Amy joined CFPSM in April 2011 and she primarily works with Dr. Kristen Clarey in Cary and Holly Springs. Amy completed her Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama in December 2014.

Amy currently resides in Cary with her husband Ryan, two very active daughters and two dogs. She is an avid Michigan State Spartan sports fan and enjoys exercising, hanging out on her boat, shuffling her kids to their various sporting events and activities, and spending time with her family.

Katy joined CFPSM in February of 2017. She was born in France and raised in Cameroon, Africa. After graduating from Rain Forest International School she moved to NC to continue her education at Wingate University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. During her time there she worked with the men’s soccer, football, swimming, track and field and the inaugural women’s lacrosse teams.

Next, she spent a year as an athletic training resident with the Galland Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Fellowship. During that year, she was the head athletic trainer for Northern Vance High School, worked in the orthopaedic clinic at OSNC, assisted the CASL soccer club athletic trainer and covered a variety of sporting events. She also completed rotations in occupational therapy, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, chiropractic care and orthopaedic surgery observation as a part of the fellowship.

She briefly worked for Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wingate before taking a position with Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. The highlight of her time with CHS was working two Carolina Panthers football games. Katy is extremely happy to now be a member of the CFPSM team.  She works primarily with Dr. Sandeep Gavankar in our Cary office.

Katy is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) and Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA).

Katy lives in Raleigh and enjoys playing soccer and sand volleyball in her free time. Family, friends and food rank high on her list of favorites. She is also active in her church, attending small group and helping in the nursery each week. Trips to Charlotte are frequent to visit her parents and their dog, Jabulani.

UlmMcKelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Mars Hill College in 2002 and completed her Master’s of Science degree in Biomechanics from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2005.

She has participated in various research projects. She joined Carolina Family Practice in Fall 2013, coming from Campbell University where she worked for 7 years. She was the primary athletic trainer with the women’s soccer and swimming teams. McKelle has also experience with the baseball, wrestling, cross country, golf and track and field teams at Campbell. While at Barry, she was a coxswain on the women’s rowing team that made an appearance at NCAA nationals in 2004.

Originally from St. Louis, McKelle is an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. McKelle currently works primarily with Dr. Aaron Leininger.